Welcome to another edition of running away and running down the video game releases and news for the past week. That is to say the week of April 23 to 29, 2017 will be covered. I will be looking at the game releases, news, and a touch of entertainment that caught my interest. I will stress that I don’t cover all of the news that happens, but stuff that I think is interesting and worth talking about.
This week in game releases – Mario Kart 8: Deluxe, Outlast 2
Mario Kart 8: Deluxe –
The arcade kart racing game drives its way onto the Nintendo Switch and yes this will be a port of the Nintendo Wii U version. However, it includes all of the DLC, five new drivers including two from the Splatoon franchise, a reworked battle mode, and new tracks plus arenas to blast around on. The game came out on April 28, 2017 for the Nintendo Switch.
Outlast 2 –
A sequel to the first person horror game Outlast and operating on a similar found footage game play style. You play as journalist Blake Langermann who crash lands in a helicopter near the Sonoran Desert specifically the Supai reigion. He’s there to find out about the murder of a pregnant woman who is considered a Jane Doe. The crash however throws a wrench in his plans as it separates him from his wife who he must now find in this remote desolate town. The game came out on April 25, 2017 for the PC, Xbox One, and PS4.
Now for the gaming news of the week –
Up this week, is a crowd funding game by the name of Phoenix Point; a turn based tactical strategy shooter from the former creators of X-Com. The story is set in 2020 when an unusual virus is discovered in the melting permafrost. However, once the virus gets out it unveils its truly dark secret turning the ocean into something completely alien which wants to take over planet Earth. It’s up to you to assemble a team to fight back. The game is crowd funding on the website Fig.co.
It looks pretty cool, though crowd funding makes me a bit nervous especially with them asking for 500,000 dollars. It might be worth keeping an eye on though, especially those starved for turn based strategy games. The monster creatures in the game do look pretty sick and should make for interesting fights.
Forza Horizon 3 is getting a new and a bit crazy looking DLC content in the form of Hot Wheels. This content will drop on May 9, 2017 for Xbox One and PC.
It looks goofy and a bit odd for a Forza Horizon game, but I suppose that’s why the developers decided it was a good idea. Sometimes you need that completely bonkers idea to shake up a game and remind yourself its all about the fun.
Call of Duty World War 2 got its grand reveal showing off its boots on the ground style game play with a release coming out on November 3, 2017. The campaign will concentrate on a period of the war between 1944 to 1945 starting with the Normandy invasion.
I found the reveal rather underwhelming and far too scripted which made watching it rather boring. As for the game itself, I’m cautiously optimistic about it, but it feels like a blockbuster style summer flick where it’s all about action which I’m kind of eh on as its what turned me off of the previous COD games.
Nintendo also quietly announced a revamp of their 2DS handheld called the New Nintendo 2DS XL. It will have larger screens, a new processor, a c-stick, and a folding design for a more compact feel. It keeps the 3D element off of the handheld and still will have a rather large library of games to play from. This will come out on July 28, 2017 for 149.99 USD.
Some people seem rather upset that Nintendo might be distracting from the Switch with this announcement. I don’t see it that way as I don’t see the two as really competing with one another. It’s more of a cheap offering for those few remaining handheld fans that haven’t bought one to get one, or for those looking to upgrade their 2DS.
To wrap up this week, we have some entertainment non-gaming stuff –
First up a writers strike looms ever closer for both television and film in the U.S.. The deal expires on May 1, 2017 but writers can keep working until a strike is called for which can happen at any time now that the union has the workers approval. You can read all about the potential strike on Deadline.com.
It’s hard to tell who will be affected by this the most to start off as the summer months in the U.S. aren’t really known for grand programming. However it does have me worried about shows for streaming services that are currently in production. What’s going to happen to them? Do the streamers cut the season short and give us just a bunch of episodes or do they hold off until they can complete the work? Also, I wanted to mention that this will the second entertainment strike currently going if it were to happen. Voice actors for video games are striking against major game studios such as EA Games, Activision, and Take-Two. That strike has been running since October 24, 2016.
Bosch season 3 hit Amazon Prime Video last Friday April 21, 2017, to positive reviews. It continues to sink into the noir detective stories from Michael Connelly’s books. The series brings Hieronymus Bosch and the gritty dirty side of Los Angles to life.
It’s a pretty good season to watch. The real reason I’m bringing it up though is the great beginning scene of episode five. It managed to remind me of scene from The Wire, which I call the “Fuck Scene” where two detective are going over an old crime scene and only say the word “Fuck” or a version of it. In the Bosch opening there is even less said with more facial acting and music that has no lyrics. It’s just a great scene with the pitch perfect song Going Home by Charlie Haden and Hank Jones.
The Wire “Fuck” scene —
Going Home song —
That’s a wrap for this up and down and maybe a bit sideways week of things happening. Thank you so much for stopping by, and thank you to anyone who follows, likes, or comments on these posts.
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Thank you and goodnight.